How do you travel with undeveloped film?
We recommend that you put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on bags or take undeveloped film with you to the checkpoint and ask for a hand inspection. For more prohibited items, please go to the 'What Can I Bring?'
Take your film out of all canisters and wrappers. Place it in a transparent, ziplock bag. Keep your film in a side pocket or other easy-access area of your carry-on for quick removal. Don't keep film in any luggage or baggage that will be checked.
We recommend carrying your film in a clear plastic zip-lock-style bag, with which TSA is familiar. Leave your rolls in their plastic canisters and/or sealed packaging whenever possible. We try to keep our cameras unloaded so they can pass through the X-ray machine, but loaded cameras can also be hand-scanned.
Checked-in baggage is normally subjected to a higher x-ray dose than hand baggage – and this is likely to fog all kinds of unprocessed film. This damage is permanent and irreversible.
If stored optimally in sealed canisters at low humidity and with minimal viewing, film reels can last as long as 70 years. If the unexposed film was stored in a freezer, chances are you can use it and get decent results.
In most cases, the x-ray equipment used for screening checked baggage will damage undeveloped film; therefore, please place undeveloped film in carry-on bags.
The x-ray scanners used by airports for security can actually expose and damage your unexposed film. It is best to take it in carry-on cabin luggage, as the scanners used for these bags aren't as powerful and therefore there is less potential for damage. It is sometimes possible to request a hand inspection for films.
There will always be a chance that the airport security personnel will ask you to open your camera's film back. I have not experienced this first-hand but it makes sense why they would ask you to do that – they want to make sure that there is nothing hidden in the camera.
There are some well-known places where you can hide things from the TSA's prying eyes:
- A drawer.
- Your closet.
- Under your bed.
- In an attic or basement.
Head to the Freezer for Long-term Storage
Storing film in the freezer puts it into hibernation. For best results and to protect against humidity, it's recommended you should store film unopened and in its original canister.
How do you store movies before developing?
Yep, that's right – keeping film cool has been known to preserve film's freshness and longevity. If you're not shooting your rolls right away, pop it in the fridge until it's time to use them. Make sure they are in a sealed ziplock bag to prevent accidents or add silica packets to prevent moisture buildup.
A traveling/tracking shot is used to follow a character as they move about the scene. This shot allows the camera to pan (move horizontally) as it follows the character's movements.
"Use of still and video cameras, film or digital, is permitted only for recording personal events. Photography or video recording of airline personnel, equipment, or procedures is strictly prohibited." In simpler terms, you purchase a ticket from an airline. That ticket is a contract.
You can keep exposed, unprocessed film in a refrigerator for a few days when necessary. Put the film in a sealed container, and allow the unopened container to reach room temperature before removing the film for processing.
Yes. Old film doesn't go bad all at once – colors shift, contrast fades away, and fog builds up. Old film (~10+ years past the process date) will have faded, skewing towards magenta.
If films get wet and are not dried in a special way, the emulsion (image) from one layer can stick to the base (plastic backing) of the next layer. This is known as "blocking." If a film develops blocking it cannot be unwound without damage.
Metal detectors use a pulsing magnetic field, which doesn't affect film.
However, sending a roll that already has photos on it through the TSA CT scanner will damage them with a noticeable loss of detail in the shadows. “It's still highly recommended to have TSA hand check all your film while going through security,” Nuri concludes.
Take your film out of all its packaging and wrappers and store it in a transparent, ziplock bag (the same way you would for all your liquids in your hand luggage). This way you can easily show it to airport security for hand inspection!
Scanners can detect steel and non-metallic objects on the exterior of the body. Contrary to popular belief they cannot see inside body cavities or diagnose disease. New ATI scanners have been designed to provide passengers with more privacy by showing only a generic outline, which cannot indicate gender or body type.
Can airport security see your pads?
If you've ever been pulled aside at airport security checkpoints when wearing a period product, you're not alone. Did you know that the Transportation Security Administration's body scanners can flag period products as potential threats, triggering additional searches? If you didn't, you're not alone.
This means that just like your luggage, our officers can examine your cell phones, tablets, laptops and any other digital device you are carrying. A digital device is defined as any device that is capable of storing digital data, such as: cell phones.
Sealed packages of film are affected by heat; open packages are affected by both heat and humidity. Keep all packages away from heat sources; store in a cool, dry place at a temperature between 50° and 75°F (10° to 24°C). Keep opened packages of film at a relative humidity between 30° and 50 percent.
Putting your film in the freezer puts your film into a sort of hibernation. You can keep your film in the freezer for as long as you need; we've known clients who have left theirs in the freezer for 15 years, and it's still good to use!
A roll of film usually has an expiration date of two years after the date of manufacture. But it's more of a guideline than an exact date. A film's decline will be gradual, so don't be quick to throw them out. Film is made up of thin strips of plastic coated with a chemical emulsion.
As a start, you can: Take your negatives to a photo lab or drug store for scanning to a CD. Thankfully, even most stores and labs which don't develop black and white film themselves can still scan it.
It's always best to have your exposed film processed as soon as possible to prevent fogging or degradation from temperature fluctuations and humidity. If you are unable or don't want to process your exposed film right after finishing the roll, it's best to refrigerate your film.
My personal advice would be - Keep all your unexposed 35mm and 120 film rolls into a plastic zipper bag and place in the fridge as a short term solution. If you're looking to keep it for more than 6 months, keep it in the freezer. I also always try to develop exposed film rolls as soon as possible.
ESTABLISHING SHOT, Often the opening shot of a film or a sequence, showing the location of a scene or the arrangement of its characters.
Flying in – When someone or something is en route; as in, “I'm flying in masking tape.” On it – When you understand the request and are actively working on it. Use only if you have started the work. Ethan for Nicky – 'Ethan' being your name, 'Nicky' being the person you want to reach.
How many shots do you get on a roll of film?
A spool of 35mm film usually has 36 exposures per roll using a full-frame camera, but other types of 35mm film cameras will vary.
United's photography policy, which is typical for a U.S. airline, notes that taking pictures or video on its aircraft is permitted “only for capturing personal events.” It goes on to note that “photography or recording of other customers or airline personnel without their express prior consent is strictly prohibited.”
Passengers on board commercial flights will be allowed to do photography inside the flight, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) clarified on Sunday adding that the prohibition is only for recording equipment which compromises air safety, creates chaos and violates norms.
It improves a TSA officer's ability to authenticate a guest's photo identification while also identifying inconsistencies associated with fraudulent travel documents.
X-ray damage is cumulative, the fewer scans the better
You should only transport it in your carry-on baggage; the equipment used to screen checked baggage may damage undeveloped film. Just remember, NEVER put films in checked baggage.
Metal detectors use a pulsing magnetic field, which doesn't affect film.
Film can be damaged after just one pass through a scanner, even low ISO films.